Reviews: Modcloth Musee Skirt, H&M, ASOS Petites

modcloth musee skirt

Modcloth Musee skirt sz S, DIY top from old thrifted shirt, Kate Spade heels

I’ve had my eye on this skirt for the longest time. It comes in 11 whopping color choices, and I loved how they paired it with a floral blouse (this ON tee in “multi floral” print or tank would go great with most of those colors). Since sizing runs as S, M, L with no stretch/elastic at the waist, I ordered expecting that tailoring may be needed. At this price point, though, I’d have no problem getting alterations for a perfect fit.

Off the bat I liked the flattering, gently flared silhouette, hidden side zipper, and the pretty color (this is a soft sky blue, and I also love the emerald green, yellow…list goes on). The waist had about a 4” gap for me. To some degree, a small waist gap can be fixed on this skirt just by tying the belt tighter as shown above. That causes some of the excess fabric to gather up and form pleating, and the wider belt sash conceals the gathering. For any waist gap bigger than 2” though I’d recommend proper alterations, since the belt sash loosens up. When altering the waist, I would be careful not to take off too much elsewhere to maintain that nice fluid flare.

Left: off the rack, skirt sits on lower hips    Right: extra material clipped back so waist sits properly

modcloth musee
The material feels like all linen but is a blend of 55% linen, 45% poly, and is unlined. I love linen for warm weather although the material itself is wrinkle-prone. I would have kept and altered this skirt had I not realized I owned something similar in shape, material and color. Alas, I’m returning this and will look for ways to make more use of the skirt I already have.

Measurements of skirt in S: 28″ across waist, 35″ across bottom opening, 19″ length. Machine wash, hang dry.
asos floral dress

Paper Doll petites dress (sold at ASOS) in UK4 / US0 (clipped back 2-3″)

I was drawn to this dress online for its blend of spring colors and soft watercolor-esque print. Unfortunately it was a quick return decision for me due to fit. Sizing of items on ASOS can be confusing, especially since they sell a number of other brands that are sized differently than their own label. I find ASOS’ own label to generally run small, especially the petites – in their brand I usually get a snug fit with UK 4/ US 0, which is 1 to 2 sizes up from what I wear in American brands.

For this “Paper Dolls” brand I found the sizing to be more true to size compared to American brands. This UK 4 / US 0 petite fits similar to a BR/Ann Taylor size 0 petite. I wasn’t able to fill this dress out, esp. in the chest so there was plenty of gapping and peekaboo opportunities. Please note in the photo above I have material clipped back, and the below photo shows the fit unadjusted:
asos floral dress 1
Measurements of dress in UK 4 / US 0: 13″ across shoulders, 16.25″ armpit to armpit, 12.75″ across waist, 17″ across hips, 37″ total length. Material is thin with a slightly hammered texture and slight stretch, and is partially lined (in the torso only). Invisible back zip and bottom slit.
h and m ruffle skirt

This H&M; skirt was part of my online order last month along with the drape blouse (reviewed here). The material is a slightly textured, medium-weight suiting material and is fully lined with a concealed back zipper. The bottom of the ruffle hem however is raw cut. Fit of my usual size 2 was perfect throughout, but I wasn’t in love with the ruffle. I would personally get more wear out of a basic white pencil skirt, so the search continues for that…

Measurements of skirt in sz 2: 11.75″ across waist, 16″ across hips, 22″ length.

PS – 40% off everything at LOFT with code TREAT. Can’t wait to break out this ruffle sleeve dress  (see on me) now that the weather’s starting to warm up! Please note from my past review the fit off the rack is very boxy, but a thin belt or side slimming helps. This new arrival striped linen full skirt is also so cute, but reading the review it might run 2 sizes big.

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  1. I have to agree with you that I do like the print of the Paper Doll dress but it was definitely too big on you!

    Posted 4.15.14 Reply
  2. Janki wrote:

    Kudos once again for not hoarding the same old items! It shows so much restraint to realize that you have something similar in your closet, vow to wear it and buy something else instead.
    I've been altering my clothes and really have started to have a capsule wardrobe. It makes buying (and dressing ) so much easier, since everything works.

    Can't wait to see more spring items from you. It's finally warm here.

    Posted 4.12.14 Reply
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean, I just clicked on the link for the mod cloth skirt and the upper corner showed an account name that is not me. It prompts for a password, but just wanted to give you a heads up about the link.

    Posted 4.12.14 Reply
  4. EM wrote:

    I am absolutely loving that ASOS dress on you! It reminds so much of a painting, too bad you had to return it. It was definitely a beautiful dress.

    Posted 4.11.14 Reply
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    If it isn't too much work, can you make an album with pictures of all the clothes from your wardrobe? I LOVEEEEE all your clothing choices (all of them!) and It would be very nice to have a collection to get inspiration from for my wardrobe.

    Posted 4.11.14 Reply
  6. Julie wrote:

    I love that Musee D'Orsay skirt on you! I've been eyeing it for a while as well. I'm not sure if it would be worth a purchase for me, though, because it will likely be too short to wear to work and I like peices that can transition from work to play.

    And I agree on the ruffle–I've never gotten in to ruffle hemmed pencil skirt. The classic fit is much better.

    It's too bad that floral dress didn't fit better, the color/print is stunning!

    Style by Joules

    Posted 4.11.14 Reply
  7. Gorgeous! I love the ice blue trend this season <3

    Posted 4.11.14 Reply
  8. Amber wrote:

    Just saw you in the May issue of People StyleWatch! So exciting, finally fashion for us petites!

    Posted 4.11.14 Reply
  9. I'm also Petite but not ExtraPetite and I order very often from H&M; and I'm always satisfy with the service and the quality of the pieces – but I'm from Germany. Normally I order the German size 34 or S and the fitting is how I want it 🙂
    Jean, you look adorable in your floral Asos dress and I love also how you look in the white H&M; shirt <3

    Posted 4.11.14 Reply
  10. All these looks are fabulous on you! It's too bad they didn't work bc in the photos they look fabulous on you!

    NEW POST up….


    Posted 4.11.14 Reply
  11. Hey, I know I'm not ExtraPetite, but I've ordered a number of times from H&M; website. I've had stuff sent to me to my Texas parent's home and to my Alabama apartment and both took about a week to be delivered to me. I also have called customer service asking where my package was (because USPS didn't leave a note saying they didn't reach me at my door) and customer service was very helpful and courteous. I hope my small review of H&M; helps!

    Posted 4.11.14 Reply
  12. Suzie Q wrote:

    I'm so in love with all of the skirts and floral dress! They're all so sweet, feminine, and perfect for spring. That's such a bummer that ultimately none of them worked out!

    Suzie Q

    Posted 4.10.14 Reply
  13. Anonymous wrote:

    I like the bright turquoise pencil skirt that you feather in one of your video on summer styling, is that turquoise skirt linen material? love how it looked on you in the video. Only if there is a white version like that I will buy it right the way.

    Posted 4.10.14 Reply
  14. Anonymous wrote:

    How's your H&M; online shopping experience? I heard bad reviews about H&M; (U.S online site) deliveries are slow and customer service are bad. How fast it took to get your order?

    Posted 4.10.14 Reply

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